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Soda Tax Battle Bubbles Up in Front of Philadelphia City Council

(Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016)

City Council held a hearing Wednesday on the controversial "soda tax."

The Council heard testimony on Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed sugary-beverage tax, aka "soda tax," which would be used to help fund educational initiatives, rehab recreation centers and better-equip police and fire departments, according to Kenney.

Earlier, Kenney told city council that the soda tax would provide $400 million to be split among several initiatives. 

The soda tax is part of Kenney's proposed $4.17-billion spending plan, which exceeds last year's budget by $100 million. It is now in the hands of the city council, which has opposed similar sugary drinks taxes twice before under Kenney's predecessor Michael Nutter.

Soda Tax Hearing in Philly

[PHI] Soda Tax Hearing in Philly
Philadelphia City Council heard testimony on Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed sugary beverage tax.
(Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016)

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